Future-tech is proud to be the official sponsor on the 2012 Data Centre Dynamics Innovation in Micro Data Centre Design Award.
What are micro data centres?
Although much of the chatter in the data centre industry is around the big data centre projects most data centre facilities in the UK, and no doubt throughout EMEA region, are deemed as “Micro”. This means they house up to 40 cabinets and have a total IT power capacity of 250kW.
Who uses them?
These are the types of facility that most “owner operators” have and use. These facilities span all business sectors and can be found in Universities, Hospitals, Insurance, Design and Creative, Oil and Gas, Local Authorities, Defence, Accounting, Legal, Automotive, Research, Security, Pharmaceutical and the list goes on and on.
What makes them special?
The vast majority of micro data centres are built within buildings that serve other purposes and were not designed to house technical white space. This means these facilities, and their power and cooling solutions, need to be designed around a restrictive set of constraints. These constraints often include, height and space, structural pillars, poor access, long distances to plant areas and power supplies, restricted power availability and restricted working conditions. Many larger facilities are housed in custom built buildings that only serve the data centre. This makes their design and installation in many ways more simple.